Tehran, Oct. 19, IRNA -- A senior official of Kargozaran-e Sazangedi
(executives of construction) party, outlining its plans for
participation in the sixth parliamentary elections, slated for
February 18, said the party may form coalition with legal and official
Speaking at a press conference, acting secretary general of the
party Hussein Marashi said according to the approval of the central
council, Kargozaran will never form coalition with the right faction.
but, he stressed, it may include in its proposed list, those competent
candidates from the right faction whose plans are in conformity with
those of Kargozaran.
He said the right faction is composed of two different groups--
a prudent and sympathetic trend which seeks preservation of unity and
convergence among political groups and an extremist wing which might
ruin the achievements of the former and expose the country to
He called on what he referred to as the "prudent group" of
factions to show reaction against incalculated political moves of the
Terming as "unpredictable" composition of the 6th parliament,
Marashi said such a formation does not merely depend on orientations
of the right faction but rather on the consolidation of reformist
He told reporters that despite some disagreements with "2nd
Khordad front" (took shape in the aftermath of May 23, 1997
presidential elections), Kargozaran will not appear in the
forthcoming elections independently. Rather, he added, the party
will strive to coalesce with 2nd Khordad groups while preserving its
own plans and policies.
Marashi pointed to promulgation of rule of law, discipline in
running state affairs, institutionalization of public participation
in their own fate, striving to construct the country, preservation
of individual and social security and freedoms, support for the
Majlis, backing detente policy at international fora and care for
affairs pertaining to women and youth as topics of Kargozaran's
plans for the forthcoming elections.
Underlining preservation of individual and collective security
for all masses of the society, Marashi said security is a protective
umbrella which should cover the entire society irrespective of the
nature of outlooks and thoughts.
He said that cooperation with the judiciary with an aim to
improve judicial services and help establishment of a progressive
judicial system is also among other major programs of Kargozaran in
the 6th Majlis.
In reply to a question on the trial of abdollah Nouri, managing
director of the daily Khordad, Marashi expressed the hope that the
special court for the clergy would pay due attention to Nouri's
revolutionary record and his family reputation as well as the degree
of respect that people and political groups have for him.
He said, "we cannot accept that an offense at the level of the
managing direct of a daily would lead to rejection of his
qualification to run for the Majlis elections."
As for the alleged competition between Abdollah Nouri and
Hashemi Rafsanjani for the presidency of the 6th Majlis, Marashi
rejected the idea and said in case Hashemi decides to run for the
election naturally no one would compete with him over the Majlis
Answering a question on the case of former Tehran mayor
Gholamhussein Karbaschi who is spending his prison term on graft
charges, Marashi said all the activities of secretary general of
Kargozaran within the Tehran municipality have been legal.
Stressing that investigations made by former management of Tehran
justice department in Karbaschi's case have been contrary to legal
and judicial standards, Marashi said in case of reinvestigation,
Karbaschi will be acquitted.